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Around the NFC

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 17, 2000


BEARS: Linebacker Brian Urlacher had two sacks, giving him six for the season, a team rookie record. ... Receiver Marcus Robinson, who missed last week with a sprained ankle, had seven catches for 88 yards.

CARDINALS: Coach Vince Tobin was unhappy with wide receiver David Boston, who turned and taunted Eagles defenders on the last 10 yards of a 70-yard touchdown reception. A 15-yard penalty was stepped off on the kickoff. Boston did something similar on a long touchdown catch in San Francisco. "That has no place in the National Football League. He's been told that many, many times," Tobin said. "Whether you call that youthful exuberance or whatever, it's just something that you can't have happen on the football team. It shows just a total disrespect for the game." Boston said his emotions got the best of him. "I thought it was a bad play on my behalf," he said.

COWBOYS: They haven't won two straight games since the start of last season. ... Against the Giants, Troy Aikman became the fourth Dallas quarterback to throw five interceptions, after Steve Pelluer, Danny White and Eddie Lebaron.

EAGLES: Wide receiver Dameane Douglas was called for holding twice on the same play: a punt return with 71/2 minutes left in the game. ... Coach Andy Reid will give his team an extra day off after the win at Arizona. Players will not have to report to practice until Wednesday. ... They are 3-1 on the road. Before this season, they had won once in 24 games (1-22-1) away from Veterans Stadium over the past three seasons.

FALCONS: They scored more points (14) in the game's first 4:46 than in either of their past two games.

49ERS: Quarterback Jeff Garcia fended off the Green Bay pass rush to complete 27 of 42 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns, giving him an NFL-best 19 touchdowns.

GIANTS: They are 11-1 in games before a bye. They are 2-9 after, including losses in the past four. ... Wide receiver Amani Toomer, who set a team record with 79 catches last year, was benched in the second quarter and replaced by Joe Jurevicius.

LIONS: Running back James Stewart leads the team with 406 rushing yards. Greg Hill, the 1999 leader, had 542. ... Defensive end Tracy Scroggins leads the team with 41/2 sacks and needs 21/2 to pass his total from last season. ... The defense tops the NFC with 17 takeaways, including 11 interceptions, a league-leading six by safety Kurt Schulz. The last Detroit player to lead the NFC was Ray Crockett with six in 1991.

PACKERS: Running back Ahman Green's 1-yard touchdown surge that gave Green Bay a 28-21 lead with eight minutes left followed a debatable pass interference call on 49ers rookie Jason Webster, who appeared to legally defend a 34-yard third-down pass to Donald Driver in the end zone.

PANTHERS: After five games, punter Ken Walter had given up 28 return yards, best in the NFL. He gave up 27 to the Saints.

RAMS: Quarterback Kurt Warner has thrown for 300 yards or more in six straight games, tying a record set by San Francisco's Steve Young in 1998. He's chasing another of Young's records: a quarterback rating of 112.8, set in 1994. Warner's is 117.5. ... They scored 30 points or more for a record 12th straight game. ... Running back Marshall Faulk has 1,083 yards from scrimmage and is on pace for 2,888. That would eclipse the record of 2,429 he set last season. ... Mike Martz became the fourth rookie coach to open a season 6-0, the first since Red Miller of Denver in 1977. ... Warner and Faulk are scheduled to tape an appearance on Wheel of Fortune today in Washington. The show is set to air during Super Bowl week, Jan. 22-26.

REDSKINS: Their third kicker of the season, Kris Heppner, connected on a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter. ... Cornerback Champ Bailey made his first start at wide receiver in place of the injured Irving Fryar.

SAINTS: They got their first home win since December 1999 against Dallas. ... Going into the game, Darren Howard's four sacks were tied for second among rookies. The Boca Ceiga product had two against Carolina. ... Wide receiver Joe Horn's fourth-quarter touchdown was his 36th catch of the season, a career high.

VIKINGS: Defensive tackle John Randle has 108 career sacks and needs one-half a sack to pass Alan Page for third in club history. ... Wide receiver Cris Carter has 115 career touchdown catches after catching his first of the season against the Bears. He finished with seven catches for 111 yards.

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